The Queen Of Sheba and King Solomon
AND when she had come to Solomon, she told him all the things that were on her mind.
And Solomon answered all her questions, for there was nothing that he did not know.
And when the queen of Sheba had heard Solomon's wisdom, and seen the house that he had buiit, the food at his table, his servants,
the magnificence of his ministers and his cupbearers
and the entrance to the temple which he had built, there was no more spirit in her.
She said to the king: "What I heard in my own country about your wisdom and your deeds was all true.
But I could not believe it until I had seen for myself.
So I came, and behold, the half was not told me.
Happy the men and happy the servants who stand continually before you and listen to your words of wisdom.
Blessed be the Lord your God who favours you and has made you ruler over Israel.
The Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore he made you king to do judgment and justice."
She gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold,
and great stores of spices and precious stones.
Never before had there been so many spices as those which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
In exchange king Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything that she desired and whatever she asked for.
And so she went back to her own country, she and her servants.
Solomon grew very rich; he made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with the best gold.
All his drinking vessels were of gold and he had at sea a great navy which brought to his kingdom not only gold but silver and ivory and apes and peacocks.
On land Solomon had an anny of twelve thousand horsemen and one thousand four hundred chariots.
SOLOMON DIES AND THE KINGDOM IS DIVIDED
King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and wisdom and all the earth sought to hear the wisdom which God had put in his head.
But in his riches and his splendour Solomon turned to evil ways.
The Lord became angry with him for he burned incense and sacrificed unto other gods.
The Lord made adversaries to rise up against him and among those who opposed him was Jeroboam, the son of one of his servants and a mighty man of valour.
And through a prophet, Ahijah the Shihonite, God spoke to Jeroboam saying: "Because Solomon has not kept my ways and done what is right in my eyes, as did David his father, I will rend the
kingdom out of his hands, and will give ten tribes to you.
You shall be king over Israel but his son Rehoboam shall reign over one tribe in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name."
And God did as he had promised.
Solomon had reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.
He died and was buried in the city of David, his father.
And Rehoboam reigned in Solomon's stead, but Israel under Jeroboam rose up against him. Jeroboam was made king over all Israel and reigned for twenty-two years.
Rehoboam reigned seventeen years over Jerusalem and there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days. And when each king died, he was succeeded by his son.
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